Brave Robbie’s a real tower of strength

'KIND AND LOVING' ... Robbie Young.
'KIND AND LOVING' ... Robbie Young.

KIND-hearted Robbie Young is thinking of others while battling through a devastating illness.

The 11-year-old, from 
Copley Avenue, Whiteleas, South Shields, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system, in October.

He has been receiving chemotherapy treatment for the past five months, and is awaiting a bone marrow transplant.

Despite this, he has been fundraising for the children’s cancer ward at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI), where he is being treated.

Now his godmother, Janice Whitfield, has nominated him for Child of Courage in the Pride of South Tyneside Awards 2013.

She said: “Robbie always thinks of others. He is kind, loving and shares everything. He has his down days, but still bounces back.

“His parents have pulled strength from him, as this has been a very testing time for all the family.

“I have nominated Robbie as he has shown so much kindness, strength and courage during this tough time of his life.

“I hope he inspires others to have the faith and courage he has shown, still knowing he has a bit of a road to go.”

Robbie, a pupil at South Shields Community School, raised £1,500 by making trees out of sweets and raffling them to friends and family.

He then used the money to buy toys and gadgets for the ward, which he handed over last month.

Dad Eddie said: “I am quite amazed at how brave he has been. He’s tried to laugh and carry on all the way through.”

The Pride of South Tyneside Awards, organised by the Gazette, South Tyneside Council and the Customs House, honour the borough’s unsung heroes in 10 categories.

The ceremony takes place at the Temple Park Centre in South Shields on Sunday, April 28.

Young Performer of the Year nominees will take part in a showcase event at the Customs House, in Mill Dam, South Shields, on Monday, March 25.

The closing date for entries has been extended until Thursday.

To nominate someone you know, fill out the form on this page or visit

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